Monday, October 24, 2016
Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Embrace for a copy of the eArc in exchange for a fair review.
Amanda is beginning her residency in New York when her cousin Liv whisks her off to South Africa for super secret wedding to Berkley. While there Amanda meets Mark and they have an instant connection and hot hookup. But Amanda isn't sure where this will go so she leaves things kind of causal. Once back in New York, she runs into Mark with another girl and immediately thinks the worse. She does find out that the girl was just a friend and he acted like he didn't know her because she with a guy who was just her co-worker.
She reaches out to Mark again and he invites her to a show, but while having a drink with him she sees a call or text come in from Vivian and doubts herself. So she takes off besides she is dealing with her first death as a doctor. Eventually, she runs into Mark yet again and he invites her out on the road. Amanda is on leave after the death of her patient and she decides why not.
Will Mark and Amanda get it right? Or will they keep missing the Mark with each other?
I am going to knock out my one dislike with this book first, I felt like they spent a lot of time missing each other or avoiding each other so I didn't get near as much romance as I wanted. That being said I loved Amanda, even though she is the smart doctor in training she felt like a normal person with normal insecurities. Including thinking, she wasn't good enough and not trusting a rockstar hottie.
The only other thing I kind of disliked was it felt like most of the time she was doing the work, Mark did tell her how he felt once, and of course he responded most of the time when she called or texted. But as a reader, I could see how his actions almost fed her insecurity. He didn't always make it easy on Amanda nor did he really take the time to chase her or clear up misperceptions.
Okay, maybe I did have more than one dislike, but in some ways, it made the romance more realistic, we all know guys don't always do or say the right thing. Plus we as women often fall prey to our insecurities and flaws. So even though I disliked some of those aspects I also liked them and thought that they made the story real. So if you are looking for realistic love story to pass the afternoon away then look no further!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Thank you to Goodreads and Berkley, I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
Charlotte Holmes aka Sherlock Holmes has decided that she needs her freedom so she arranges to lose the one thing that makes her eligible for marriage, her virginity. This, of course, results in a scandal of the highest order, and Charlotte uses this as way to escape her house and set herself up. Soon, she finds that despite her intellect her choices seem to be all the wrong ones. She is thrown out of the boarding house and she can't seem to find a job.
When she finds out that the mother of one of her poor choices died the same night she got in a terrible fight with Charlotte's sister, she knows that Sherlock must get involved. She quickly realizes that three people have died within a quick succession and they appear to be related. When Lord Ingram refuses to help her, she has Sherlock's letter printed in the paper so that the Inspector knows that Sherlock is on the case.
Charlotte finds that she is running out of time to figure out time to find out what actually connects the three people besides being related and why they were singled out. Will she be able to put all the pieces together in time to catch a killer?
I have read several Holmes themed or retelling books this year, and for the most part, I have enjoyed them all. This was the first one that felt sort of similar to the original stories in the fact that mystery was subtle and very clever. I also really like Charlotte, okay I kind of love her. Flawed but so smart, and well I can't say more, but the passion!
I was totally gripped by this book, I couldn't put it down and I am really looking forward to reading more of this series.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Thank you to New in Books for a copy of the eArc in exchange for a fair review.
This is the beginning of a new series for Jennifer Harlow introducing Iris Ballard. Iris used to be Behavioral Analyst for the FBI until a brutal attack left her husband dead and Iris dying. Fast forward several years, and Iris is still living in North Carolina, if what you call what she is doing living. She teaches at the local college and isn't happy about it. In fact she gets placed on suspension just before her hottie ex-partner shows to ask her for help.
Initially Iris isn't that interested in helping. She still has nightmares and panic attacks and really isn't functioning all that well, but when she looks at the files and sees the pictures she knows that she can't resist especially since she knew the most recent victim. So she joins Luke on the hunt for serial killer dubbed "the Woodsmen" and when the latest victim is taken, it becomes a all out frenzy to catch him before he kills again.
Whew let me just say that Iris is a hot mess, and I loved every stinking minute of her, from her foul mouth to snarky quips she is just what I like in crime solver. The mystery was interesting, but here I will divulge my only real complaint normally most authors wait until the end to point out who did it, but you find out almost at the midway point. So it kind of felt like a bit of a let down. However, having said that I will say by the time I finished the book I understand that it was pivotal to the plot that the author reveal when she did so that she could tie it all together like she did.
So kudos for keeping me hooked, I could not stop reading this. At all I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Teen for a copy of the eArc in exchange for a fair review.
Remember Yesterday picks up 10 years after the end of Forget Tomorrow. If you haven't read Forget Tomorrow I highly suggest you start there and stop reading. Jessa is now the same age Callie was when she sacrificed herself to change the future. All of her life Jessa has felt a little less than and she has been okay with it because she loved Callie the best too. When she receives a vision she is a little put off since she hasn't seen anything since Callie died. She soon decides that Olivia must be the one sending them to her and she sets off to see what she can find out where she has been the past ten years.
Soon Jessa realizes she is going to need the help of self-important scientist Tanner to get the answers she is looking for. But when he shows her what is behind the door she finds that she isn't ready to know everything yet. Soon after they are on a race against time and through time to save someone and change the future again.
I know that was a little vague in the second paragraph, but I hate spoilers so I don't even hide them in reviews I just don't post them. This was a great sequel and I loved that it was from Jessa's POV, we finally get to understand and see the sister that Callie loved so much in the first book. I also really loved Jessa and Tanner, so see them grow and change and the relationship that unfolds is amazing. My only complaint is the ending didn't quite feel like a wrap up. There were still a lot of questions I felt that weren't completely answered. As far as I can tell this is only a duo, so I think that is what keeps me from rating it a five and really raving about it.